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Oahu: Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest Driving Tour

4.5 (2)
Honolulu, US

Oahu: Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest Driving Tour

4.5 (2)
Honolulu, US
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Experience the natural beauty and vibrant culture of Oahu on this exhilarating Backyard Rainforest Driving Tour. Join Shaka Guide as they take you on an unforgettable journey through Honolulu's iconic spots. Start by exploring the lush forests of the Makiki Valley, where you'll encounter an artificial lowland tropical rainforest with trails and water features. Continue your adventure with a visit to the oldest and largest Chinese Cemetery in Hawaii, followed by a stop at the charming Manoa Marketplace in the beautiful Manoa Valley. Get ready for breathtaking city views as you drive up and back from Tantalus mountain, where you'll find the best sunset lookout on Oahu. Along the way, take a hike through a loop trail featuring vibrant wildflowers and discover the serene Punchbowl Crater national cemetery. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Hawaiian native plants and flora in a stunning garden, and visit the oldest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens. End your tour with a visit to Chinatown, a bustling town full of traditional dim sum restaurants, noodle shops, and hip bars. This tour is a perfect blend of nature, culture, and adventure, providing you with an unforgettable experience in Honolulu's backyard rainforest.

About this experience

  • Admission Not Included
  • 3 hours - 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-15 Participants
  • Small Group Tour
  • Guided Experience & Audio Guided
  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Visit an artificial lowland tropical rainforest
  • Take a walk at the oldest and largest Chinese Cemetery
  • Explore Manoa Marketplace in beautiful Manoa Valley
  • Enjoy breathtaking city views from Tantalus Lookout
  • Hike a loop trail with beautiful wild flowers
  • Local Hawaiian Stories, Legends and History
  • Turn by Turn Audio Navigation
  • Offline Map of Oahu
  • Private transportation
  • Parking fees

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

Vouchers accepted in the following formats

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Your Itinerary

Lyon Arboretum

Visit an artificial lowland tropical rainforest with numerous trails and small water features

Admission Not Included

Manoa Chinese Cemetery

Take a walk at the oldest and largest Chinese Cemetery in Hawaii

Admission Not Included

Manoa Marketplace Farmer's Market

Visit Manoa Marketplace - a neighborhood shopping center in beautiful Manoa Valley

Admission Not Included

Tantalus Lookout Puu Ualakaa State Park

Check out the best sunset lookout on Oahu situated in a huge grassy hill and looking out over Diamond Head Crater and all of Waikiki

Admission Not Included

National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific

Visit a popular national cemetery located at Punchbowl Crater in Honolulu

Admission Not Included

Liliʻuokalani Botanical Garden

Enjoy strolling in the garden made for Hawaiian native plants and flora

Admission Not Included

Foster Botanical Gardens

Visit the oldest of the Honolulu Botanical Gardens

Admission Not Included

Shimazu Shave ice

Check out one of our favorite places to get shave ice

Admission Not Included


Visit a town bustling with traditional dim sum restaurants, noodle shops and hip bars in converted lofts, as well as crowded Asian markets full of antiques and stalls

Admission Not Included

More about this experience


Experience the beauty and charm of Honolulu's backyard rainforest with the Oahu: Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest Driving Tour. This tour, led by Shaka Guide, takes you on a scenic journey through the lush Manoa valley and offers breathtaking views from Tantalus mountain. Get ready for an adventure filled with local Hawaiian stories, legends, and history as you explore some of Honolulu's most iconic spots.

What to Expect

During this driving tour, you can expect to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Manoa valley, with its vibrant greenery and stunning waterfalls. As you ascend Tantalus mountain, prepare to be amazed by the panoramic views of the city below. Shaka Guide will provide you with turn-by-turn audio navigation, ensuring you won't miss any of the hidden gems along the way. You'll also have access to an offline map of Oahu, allowing you to explore at your own pace.

Who is This For?

This tour is perfect for nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and anyone looking to explore the beauty of Honolulu's rainforest. Whether you're a solo traveler, a couple, or a family, this experience offers something for everyone. Shaka Guide's driving tour is designed to be inclusive, welcoming travelers of all ages and backgrounds. So grab your loved ones and embark on an unforgettable journey through the rainforest.

Why Book This?

Embarking on the Oahu: Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest Driving Tour with Shaka Guide is an opportunity to experience the best of Honolulu's natural wonders. With their local insights and knowledge, Shaka Guide takes you off the beaten path to discover hidden waterfalls, scenic viewpoints, and cultural sites. The convenience of turn-by-turn audio navigation and an offline map ensures a stress-free and enjoyable adventure. Immerse yourself in the rich history and legends of Hawaii, all while exploring the breathtaking landscapes that make this tour a must-book experience.

Good to Know

As you embark on this tour, it's important to note that private transportation and parking fees are not included. However, Shaka Guide provides you with all the information you need to navigate the tour starting point and parking options. Additionally, be sure to check the Shaka Guide app for the green flag indicating the tour's starting point in Waikiki. Prepare for a day of adventure and make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, a camera to capture the stunning views, and a sense of wonder.


Travelers who have experienced the Oahu: Honolulu's Backyard Rainforest Driving Tour with Shaka Guide have been enthralled by the beauty and knowledge provided throughout the journey. They rave about the stunning views, the convenience of the audio navigation, and the fascinating stories shared by Shaka Guide. Many reviewers highlight how this tour allowed them to explore areas they wouldn't have discovered on their own, making it a truly unique and memorable experience. Overall, travelers express their satisfaction with the tour and recommend it as a must-do for anyone visiting Honolulu.



4.5 (2)


Windy roads. We saw lots of wild life and enjoyed the narration. There is not more to say. It was nice to get out and enjoy the sites


Der Guide ist mit Google Maps gekoppelt, sodass die Hinweise immer zur richtigen Zeit kommen und die Nutzung denkbar einfach ist. Neben tollen Tipps zu Sehenswürdigkeiten, welche nicht in jedem Buch stehen, erfährt man auch Geschichtliches sowie "Geheimtipps" zu Restaurants oder Einkaufsmöglichkeiten. Die Routen kann man zeitlich je nach persönlichem Geschmack super anpassen, da man Punkte verkürzen oder auslassen kann, bei besonderem Interesse aber auch verlängern. Auch lassen sich die Strecken problemlos abbrechen und zB an einem anderen Tag fortsetzen. Neben der angenehmen Stimme des Sprechers fehlt es weder an Witz, noch an Infos. Es erfolgen sogar besondere Gefahrenhinweise, wie zB manche kurvenreichen Strecken nicht im Dunkeln zu befahren etc. Auch wenn es den Guide bislang leider nur auf Englisch gibt, versteht man es dank der deutlichen Aussprache auch als nicht Englisch-Profi. Wir haben viele wunderschöne Orte bestaunen und unser Wissen auf amüsante Art erweitern dürfen, welche wir sonst sicherlich nicht gesehen hätten. Von uns eine eindeutige Kaufempfehlung.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-02-22 22:06
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